Lions Travel To Surrey Looking To Claim Scalp
Following the first victory in the BBL Cup on Wednesday, Coach Macaulay takes the side the short distance to Surrey Sports Park to face the Surrey Scorchers on Saturday afternoon.
The Scorchers will be looking to kickstart their cup campaign with a win at the Sports Park on Saturday having drawn a blank so far this season despite letting two games slip through their grasps at Bristol and at home to City Royals last weekend.
Coach Creon Raftopoulus has made a few new additions to his squad whilst maintaining a core who epitomise the spirit of the Scorchers. Stalwarts Caylin Raftopuolos, Henry Wilkins and former Lion Tayo Ogedengbe are retained whilst brits, Adrian Kiyunu and Sol Rolls-Tyson have strengthened the home contingent.
On the US front, it’s all change. Guard ‘Chip’ Flannigan is joined by Marcus White and John Hawthorne and Scottish International Skylar White rounds up the squad.
It is Ogedengbe who leads his side in scoring at 16.25 points a game followed by Skylar White and Marcus White both with 13.5 points.
The three point line is where you find Skylar White as he brings that range to his 6ft 7” frame. Hawthorne, a late arrival has impressed with his energy and drive.
Coach Macaulay is wary of the Scorchers despite the Lions winning the last four contests between the two sides. “Whenever you have a close rivalry anything can happen. A lot of the players know each other and that sometimes levels the playing field. We know we have started slowly so we are pleased to be off the mark, Wednesday was the first time we put the same team on the floor and you could see the chemistry flourishing. We are still men down, which will be addressed shortly, but all the guys who put the Lions uniform on will be going for the win.”
The Lions will be back home on Friday 1st November at the Copper Box Arena, when the London City Royals are the visitors.
Scorchers vs Lions
Surrey Sports Park